Forestry worker brutally assaulted by timber thieves

The hunt is on for three men who brutally assaulted a forestry worker when he caught them stealing his company’s timber in the Galloway Forest Park.

The employee of Ayrshire-based Jim Wilmer & Son Timber Harvesting Ltd was attacked with a metal bar when he confronted the thieves on Saturday morning.

Police Scotland launched an investigation after the incident at around 8am two miles north of Glentrool.

The 25-yearold Dutch worker was taken to hospital battered and bruised but thankfully suffered no broken bones.

Police said: “The victim attended at the forest site to discover three men at his forest forwarder machine, with the engine started. The three men then attacked the victim and assaulted him with a metal bar and made good their escape in a white coloured Ford Transit type van.

“The victim thereafter contacted his employer to alert him to the assault and police attended the scene.

The three men are described as being Polish nationals, bald-headed with large heads and muscular necks and were wearing tracksuit trousers.

The van in which they were travelling has a smashed passenger window.

If you have any information about a specific crime you can contact Police Scotland on 101. Information can also be given through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111